Archbishop Makarios inaugurates the new “home” of the Castellorizians in Sydney

Archbishop Makarios inaugurates the new "home" of the Castellorizians in Sydney

Archbishop Makarios inaugurates the new "home" of the Castellorizians in Sydney

Archbishop Makarios of Australia opened the new Cultural Centre of the Castellorizian Association of New South Wales, in Kingsford, Sydney, on Saturday, May 15.

Archbishop Makarios inaugurates the new "home" of the Castellorizians in Sydney

Archbishop Makarios inaugurates the new "home" of the Castellorizians in Sydney
*Left to Right: Hon Matt Thistlethwaite MP, Dr Fiona Martin MP, Cr Danny Said, Archbishop Makarios of Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC, Michael John Daley MP, Cr Harry Stavrinos, Cr Anthony Andrews and Mr Costas Yiannakodimos, Press Counsellor, representing the Consulate General of Greece in Sydney.

After blessing the premises, His Eminence cut the inauguration ribbon with the Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC QC and then addressed the members of the Castellorizian Association.

Archbishop Makarios inaugurates the new "home" of the Castellorizians in Sydney

Archbishop Makarios inaugurates the new "home" of the Castellorizians in Sydney

His Eminence praised the President of the Castellorizian Association, Mr George Pizanis and all the Board of Directors, for their hard work and for their sacrificial efforts to complete the Cultural Centre.

The new facilities, noted His Eminence, are well designed to preserve traditions, customs, and values, as well as the history of the homeland and the stories of first-generation immigrants in Australia.

Archbishop Makarios inaugurates the new "home" of the Castellorizians in Sydney

Archbishop Makarios inaugurates the new "home" of the Castellorizians in Sydney

“Looking to the future, the challenge remains – to ensure that the younger generations will keep alive in their consciousness their Greek heritage.”

The Archbishop expressed his belief that the new Cultural Centre of the Castellorizian Association will achieve this noble goal.

Archbishop Makarios inaugurates the new "home" of the Castellorizians in Sydney

Archbishop Makarios inaugurates the new "home" of the Castellorizians in Sydney

Archbishop Makarios inaugurates the new "home" of the Castellorizians in Sydney
*MC for the inauguration ceremony, Mr John Mangos

Archbishop Makarios inaugurates the new "home" of the Castellorizians in Sydney

*Images by Nick Bourdaniotis/Bourdo Photography (Copyright).

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GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.